Skip Navigation

2014 Advancements in stroke knowledge


Advancements in stroke knowledge

Cheryl Bushnell, MD, director of the Comprehensive Stroke Center at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, is author of a new scientific statement offering guidelines to help prevent stroke in women. The guidelines, published in February in the American Heart Association journal Stroke, outline stroke risk and emphasize scientifically based recommendations on how best to treat risks. “If you are a woman, you share many of the same risk factors for stroke with men, but your risk is also influenced by hormones, reproductive health, pregnancy, childbirth and other sex-related factors,” Bushnell said. The new guidelines, developed with a team of co-authors, outline steps that can be taken to help protect women against stroke, focusing on those with high blood pressure, preeclampsia, atrial fibrillation, migraines, diabetes and more. Separately, in June 2014, Bushnell was lead author of a study identifying risk factors for hospital readmissions in stroke patients. The study found that readmitted patients were significantly more likely to have a prior diagnosis of congestive heart failure, coronary artery disease, cancer or absence of hyperlipidemia, elevated lipid (fat) levels in the blood. In addition, it showed that readmitted patients were more likely to have been hospitalized two or more times during the year prior to the initial stroke admission. The findings suggest that stroke severity and the number of hospitalizations within the year prior to the stroke admission are important predictors of subsequent readmission within 30 days, independent of other clinical factors, Bushnell said. The goal is to eventually develop tools and programs for stroke patients to keep them from being readmitted.


Advancements in stroke knowledge

Back to timeline


Quick Reference

Important Numbers

Main 336-716-2011
Patient Info 336-713-0000
Media 336-716-4587
Jobs 336-716-4717

Ways to Give
Last Updated: 09-10-2014
Wake Forest Baptist Ranked among Nation’s ‘Best Hospitals’  26 Years in a Row by U.S. News & World ReportComprehensive Cancer Centers National Designation is Renewed2017-2018 Best DoctorsNursing Magnet StatusJoint Commission Report

Disclaimer: The information on this website is for general informational purposes only and SHOULD NOT be relied upon as a substitute for sound professional medical advice, evaluation or care from your physician or other qualified health care provider.

© Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Medical Center Boulevard, Winston-Salem, NC 27157. All Rights Reserved.